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Your opinion really does matter

By COLLEEN SMIDT Bremerton Patriot Community Columnist
March 21, 2013 · 10:35 AM
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A survey regarding Bremerton city parks is coming your way soon. It is critical that as many Bremerton residents as possible take the time and complete this survey.

Information gathered will be used to direct and influence the decision-making process of present and future operations, projects and services provided by the City of Bremerton through its parks and recreation department.

From a personal standpoint, I view the issue of parks and recreation service as an important and integral piece of any given community. Parks are shared spaces. They are the people’s spaces and in the current economic environment they are beginning to suffer from some staffing and funding hardships.

As a community we are entering a period of crossroad decision-making when it comes to the current inventory of community spaces, whether or not any expansion of inventory is warranted or desired, what types of recreation services we want to keep, bring back or possibly eliminate.

The coming community survey will make it possible for residents to make their choices and preferences known. I know there are times where many of us are exhausted by the constant stream of requests from marketers and service providers who bombard us on a monthly, weekly and sometime daily basis for our information and opinions. But the information gathered from this survey will make a big difference to individual residents as well as to Bremerton as a whole.

While a survey of residents is a state requirement of the Washington Parks and Open Spaces Master Plan update, it creates an important opportunity for those in the elected and appointed leadership positions to see and hear what you honestly have to say.

Decision makers need to hear your economically optimistic suggestions and your pessimistic suggestions. In addition to a series of ranking questions, the opportunity for open comments will be available and embraced as well.

After personally reading through the last version of the Master Plan completed in 2007, I found the individual comments gathered from community members to be the most interesting and eye-opening portion of the entire process.

Once completed this document will be made available to residents in both an electronic and paper version. More information about where the survey can be accessed will be coming soon. Keep checking the city website for more information at www.ci.bremerton.wa.us.

Start giving the issue of parks and recreation services some thought now. Please take the time to complete the coming survey. Have a voice in your community.

 

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